Fareham Petanque Club

Fareham Petanque Club is a friendly boules club in Hampshire, UK. Petanque is a sociable game for people of all ages and abilities and our members play at all levels for fun, fresh air and exercise. For those who like to compete more seriously there are local leagues, opens, regional and national competitions. We are members of the Southern Counties Petanque Association (SCPA) and there are plenty of open competitions to chose from throughout the year across the south coast and beyond.

We welcome visitors and guests at our regular Wednesday club nights from 7:00pm, with play starting around 7:30pm. Junior players (age 8-18) sometimes have their own sessions starting at 6:30pm. On the first Wednesday of of each month we have a club melee competition, with cash prizes and on Thursday nights we often have league matches, training and coaching sessions.

Fareham Petanque Club was originally called Limesdown Petanque Club and was formed in 1983. We moved to our current location in Fareham North-West Community Center in 2013 and have two purpose-built terrains, each 15m x 24m and floodlit for evening play.

Social and Twinning

Refreshments are always available on club nights and members are welcome to come along for a chat even if they’re not playing.  Some club members also go on petanque-playing holidays together, to places such as France, Spain or Morocco. For many years the club has also had a twinning arrangement with Vannes, in Brittany. On alternate years club members travel to France, or hosts a visit from French players and family members. This involves staying with families, social events, meals, some petanque and other local activities.

Charity

Each year the club nominate a charity to support and runs a Charity Melee competition to raise money for them. For many years we raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and our current nominated charity is the Hants and IoW Air Ambulance. We also supporting other causes such as the Fareham Mayor’s charities. Competition entry fees, raffles and novelty competitions such as “shoot the egg” produce good sums for these deserving causes.

Maintenance

Maintaining our terrains and surrounds involves regular work parties to muck in and renew fencing, paint, weed, tidy up, replace lights, and so on. Wherever possible our members do all routine maintenance and volunteers are always welcome, from leaf-sweeping to carpentry.